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A Facebook fan of mine asked me about making rice four or flour-free playdough for those who are gluten sensitive. As I am lucky enough to have a family without food allergies, I turned to my network of preschool bloggers. Dawn from chasing the seasons shared a wonderful recipe with me using only baking soda, cornstarch, and water. This dough is silky, smooth, and easy to mold; a nice addition to sensory play.
Cornstarch, baking soda and water make up the basic ingredients of this lovely dough. You can also add color (we used a bit of tempera paint) and scents (essential oils or cooking essences).
First we added the color and orange oil to the water.
We placed the baking soda into the pot.
Then we added the cornstarch. Michael likes to touch everything so I encouraged him to feel the cornstarch.
I showed Michael how it can make his skin soft (makes a great body powder).
My son, who has no problem being dirty all day long, was distraught by the cornstarch on his arm.
After the dry ingredients were added, Michael poured in the colored water.
We moved the pot to the stove where we began cooking the dough. Michael quickly became bored and left me to stir.
The completed dough, still warm to the touch.
Michael enjoyed sticking his fingers in the warm dough. Soon after he asked to play outside with Playdough...the store bought kind! I'd hoped to capture him playing with the dough on another day, but alas, my daughter played with the dough and left the bag open, causing the dough to become dry. And of course, she played with it at a moment I was unable to shoot pictures of her enjoying it. I suppose I'll just have to make it again another day!
Add color (and scent) to water. Combine baking soda and cornstarch in a pot, then add water to the powdered mixture. Cook on medium heat until the dough forms a ball. Cool and knead.
**A gross side note- While stirring the dough on the stove my son and I discovered bits of bug floating around in the goo. Seems a pincher bug (or bugs) crawled into the paint somehow. Mind you, I've had this particular bottle of paint for over 8 years! It's never dried out but had apparently captured insects! What was left was quickly discarded and I had to spend several minuets fishing bug parts out of our dough. The moral of the story is beware of your paint storage area...oh and in case you don't know, cockroaches will eat dried tempera paint so beware of what you store that you have painted (classroom decorations and such)! Blah!
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